One stop shop / multidisciplinary

The breadth of our skill set is unparalleled in Australia, ensuring we can conserve a very wide range of mediums, all under the one roof.  See our full list of services.

Full insurance

To ensure peace of mind for our clients and owners, we carry comprehensive insurance to cover all items in our care (including those being transported by us).

Able to mobilise quickly

Your need for our services can’t always be planned ahead. Emergencies and disasters almost always require a quick response. The size of our operation, combined with our geographical spread and professional connections, means we can quickly mobilise staff to work with you to minimise damage.

Project management of large jobs

Efficient and effective project management is key to the excellence of ICS services. We collaborate with our clients to tailor expert technical solutions and deliver large and/or complex jobs on time, on Budget.

30 years’ experience

ICS was founded in 1986, and we have been conserving Australian heritage for over 30 years. Our longevity enables us to bring great depth of experience and understanding to conservation and collections management problem-solving in a very wide range of environments and contexts.

Guided by AICCM ethics

All our work is underpinned by adherence to and guidance by the AICCM (Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material) Code of Ethics and Practice 

Specialist Services

Technology solutions for collections
One Stop Shop Multi-disciplinary
Public art maintenance surveys
Public art conservation
Archaeology conservation

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Mould remediation services

Mould can seriously damage artworks, objects and archives, typically through staining and degradation caused by the chemical reaction of mould spores with organic material.

Early detection and removal of mould growth is critical to ensuring valuable items are not damaged permanently. And during the mould remediation process, logistical planning is vital to prevent cross-contamination.

The ICS team is fully trained in the specialist area of safely handling and treating mould-affected objects in collections. We also regularly conduct mould awareness training courses for cultural institutions.

Contact us if you need expert help to manage mould remediation for your collection, whether for an individual artwork or a collection containing thousands of items. For your peace of mind, we are also able to supply clearance certificates post-treatment.

Digitisation Services

Digitising a collection involves a range of processes, from the scanning of catalogue cards and registers, through to high resolution digital photography and 3-D photogrammetry and rendering.  Careful preparation of the original source material is paramount to ensuring a quality digitised image.

The ICS team includes conservators and consultants fully versed in the latest developments and standards for digitisation and digital preservation.  We have significant experience preparing artworks, ledgers, catalogues and other collection materials for digitisation.

We manage digitisation projects, prepare material for digitisation, provide digitisation personnel, and provide strategic advice on the digitisation of collections.  We also work with digitisation partners to provide comprehensive solutions that incorporate all facets of digitisation, handling, preparation, scanning, cloud services and systems for managing digitised collections.

Contact us to discuss your digitisation requirements, whether it is for a single artwork, or a large collection of objects.

Public Art Maintenance Surveys

ICS works with organisations that manage public art collections to develop holistic, detailed and comprehensive Conservation Management Plans for the ongoing maintenance of the collection.We can also undertake condition surveys and conservation treatments, and provide specialised maintenance where required to ensure the long term preservation of the public artworks.

Our Conservation Management Plans prioritise treatment and maintenance regimes for the collection as a whole, as well as detailing specific capital works, ongoing maintenance, and frequency of work required.  In addition, we canprovide costings for both capital work and ongoing maintenance works, and determine the most suitable trades/professions required to undertake the works.

Our team of specialists have expertise in the conservation of a wide range of material types used for public art, including metals, wood, painted steel, plastics and glass. We work closely with electricians and engineers where there are kinetic or electrical components to public art, to ensure mechanisms and lighting are function as expected.

Mount-making for artefact display

Artefacts often require custom solutions to enable their safe display.

ICS can fabricate custom mounts in a range of materials and finishes to suit your display requirements. Each mount is fabricated with artefact preservation in mind and can be designed to maximise an artefact’s visual impact. Mounts either can be barely visible or integrated with the artefact to represent lost components.

Contact us to discuss fabrication of individual custom mounts, or mounts for the display of complete collections.